I want to order a Long Haul Trucker frame and build it up myself. I want to have good quality components that will last a long time. I am going to be taking this bike across the country in the summer of 2010, and I also want to take it on some gravel rail trails.
I'm thinking of using deore xt components. How much smoother and faster do you think the bike would be if it had road components? Do you think using deore xt is a good idea, or should I go road?